Photo walks in Jaipur? The first photo walk I ever took was when I bought a DSLR for the first time, a few years ago. I joined a photo walk organized by a leading newspaper on the World Tourism Day, here in Jaipur.
I feel photo walk is a great way to network and meet new people. As for photography, it is counter productive in some ways when a large group distracts people i.e. subject. It’s difficult to photograph people in the natural setting. Also, the photographers start copying each other, often clicking the same subject even when there are plenty of other opportunities. On the other hand, some people feel that it provides you an opportunity to see & learn from the fellow photographers. This is certainly a valid point.
After a long gap, I decided to join a photo walk in Jaipur organized earlier this month by a local photography group on a Sunday morning. The incentive to join this photo walk was to break away from the “usual mindset” rut and think afresh! Sometimes, it’s good to come out of your shell!! Also, photography on the streets of India offers a great chance to learn and adapt.
This particular picture captures few professional and budding photographers of Jaipur before the photo walk began with a backdrop of heritage buildings of the Pink City.
The theme for this photo walk was “hands”. The walk was routed through the old Jaipur bazaar in the walled city area, which has many heritage buildings & structures. I have never been into clicking portraits which falls under the street photography. Walled city area in Jaipur is a great place for clicking portraits and street photography. For this this photo walk, I’m not posting any portrait images; choosing only faceless compositions.So here are 13 Faceless Frames, I composed during this short photo walk of 30 minutes capturing street scenes from Jaipur.
Morning is usually associated with certain routines like visiting a temple, offering prayers, reading a newspaper, drinking tea…
The gentleman in this picture was enjoying tea at a roadside tea Thela (cart) when a group of photographers swarmed in. He looked disturbed when a few photographers zoomed on his face with zoom lenses, taking an aim at his tea ritual. I settled for his hand though!
Taking stock of the business!
This flower vendor was catching up with the news in a newspaper. In this case, he was flipping through the obituary section. Taking a stock of how his day will be?
A tea vendor pours tea into a “takeaway”!
Passing the time!
The person in this picture is a watchman at an undergoing metro(tube) construction site. With nothing to do during the morning hours, he was watching the world go by.
I found this interesting tattoo sign the hands of a boy. I found him sitting along with his friends outside an old temple entrance gate.
This is a picture of a flower vendor. Waiting for the customers.
A fruit vendor loading and arranging his fruit display. A usual morning ritual before the customers arrive!
The grain seller!
These grain sellers can be spotted across the walled city area in Jaipur. They survive on people looking to earn good karma! As per Hindu belief offering feed or grains to the birds and animals improves your karma!
Preparing for the day!
The flower seller gets into the action as he sorts and trims stem for the bouquet.
The flower seller waits with the marigold garlands. Marigold garlands are bought by the devotees while offering morning prayers, especially in the commercial establishments where a fresh garland is offered to the God or deity as a daily routine.
A scooter rider waiting by the roadside….for whom? ..No idea!
Finally, these two pictures are my favorite ones.
The above picture is of a poor homeless person. I felt sad-looking at his expressionless face. He was staring at “infinity”. There was so much hiding behind his face. Many stories…..
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I clicked this picture at a roadside Thela (cart), a fruit selling vendor. This boy was a four-year old son of a fruit selling lady vendor. He was leaning towards his mother for the security while watching the world go by!
I will love to hear your views and suggestions. Which picture did you like of all the above? I have written a couple of blogs on the street photography in India which focuses on Jaipur, read them all Photo Walk in Jaipur
Would you like to undertake a Photo Walk in Jaipur?
This post appears as a part of weekly photo challenge Heritage.